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Re: "natural" language?

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, September 29, 2000, 23:47
Eric Stumbaugh wrote:
> I already know that the grammar reflects the three elements. All nouns > belong to one of the three elements, and one can hear these differences in > speech. A sort of "gender".
Sounds like it really is gender, not just "a sort of" gender. Gender doesn't have to be biological sex.
> what would the grammar of such a > people look like? What things =wouldn't= it have?
Well, there's no absolutes with things like that. However, technologically primitive peoples tend to have smaller vocabularies in certain areas like color. I can't really think of any other things with the info you gave. Is the society egalitarian? Or is it rigidly hierarchical? If the second, you might want to consider various levels of speech, like Spanish tú/usted or the much more complex system of Japanese, where there are dozens of pronouns, the choice of which depends on the speaker's sex, his/her rank relative to the person being spoken to; verbal inflections to denote respect being given to the subject of the verb, etc. In vocabulary, what's important to the people? They'd tend to have larger vocabularies in those areas. -- Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos God gave teeth; God will give bread - Lithuanian proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor